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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 3, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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All of us are aging day by day and our bodies reminds us of this fact. Many of us have young vibrant minds trapped in old run down bodies, yet how many of us are using our young vibrant minds for our Lord’s Glory? If we declare that we love Him  with all our heart, mind, soul and strength then how many of His sheep and lambs have we fed and cared for? How many have been led by us into His Kingdom? Can we then declare as St Paul did, that we have fought the good fight? That we have stayed on course and run the race to the very end!

Sisters and brothers the time is NOW! Not tomorrow! Not when you turn 40, 50, 60 or 80! Let us be faithful to the Gospel, in our communities and work hand in hand as One for His Glory! So that when our time is up we can hear our Lord say to us,

Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matt 25:23  Amen Alleluia!

Saints Charles Lwanga and his Companions pray for us….

 

First reading

Acts 25:13-21 ·

‘I ordered Paul to be remanded until I could send him to Caesar’

King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea and paid their respects to Festus. Their visit lasted several days, and Festus put Paul’s case before the king. ‘There is a man here’ he said ‘whom Felix left behind in custody, and while I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and elders of the Jews laid information against him, demanding his condemnation. But I told them that Romans are not in the habit of surrendering any man, until the accused confronts his accusers and is given an opportunity to defend himself against the charge. So they came here with me, and I wasted no time but took my seat on the tribunal the very next day and had the man brought in. When confronted with him, his accusers did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected; but they had some argument or other with him about their own religion and about a dead man called Jesus whom Paul alleged to be alive. Not feeling qualified to deal with questions of this sort, I asked him if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem to be tried there on this issue. But Paul put in an appeal for his case to be reserved for the judgement of the august emperor, so I ordered him to be remanded until I could send him to Caesar.’

Gospel

John 21:15-19

Feed my lambs, feed my sheep

Jesus showed himself to his disciples, and after they had eaten he said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?’ He answered, ‘Yes Lord, you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He replied, ‘Yes, Lord, you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Look after my sheep.’ Then he said to him a third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was upset that he asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and said, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.

‘I tell you most solemnly,

when you were young

you put on your own belt

and walked where you liked;

but when you grow old

you will stretch out your hands,

and somebody else will put a belt round you

and take you where you would rather not go.’

In these words he indicated the kind of death by which Peter would give glory to God. After this he said, ‘Follow me.’